Gloucestershire is a county rich in
important railway features. There was the
dense network of early railways in the Forest
of Dean; the Bristol & Gloucestershire/Avon
& Gloucestershire Railway which had a steam
locomotive as early as 1835; another early line
was the Cheltenham & Gloucester Tramway,
while the 4,162yd long Severn Bridge was
the longest in England.
county had three principal railway tunnels: the
Severn – for many years the world’s longest
underwater tunnel – Sodbury and Sapperton.
Colin Maggs, the renowned expert on railway
history, tells the fascinating tale of the railways
and the impact they had on the lives of everyone
in the county. The nostalgic branch lines
with their small local trains and the main lines
with their thundering expresses, are all part
of a rich heritage which is explored in an
expert text and in more than two hundred
evocative images to present an absorbing
view of Gloucestershire’s recent past.
Colin G. Maggs has published more than
70 books to date, has written countless
magazine and newspaper articles and
has appeared frequently on radio and
television. Mr Maggs was awarded the
MBE in 1993 for services to railway
history and was awarded an honorary
MA by the University of Bath in 1995.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 913 4, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published August 2010.